Back in 1968 the British government expelled all the inhabitants of the
What is of relevance to us in Anguilla is that the government’s lawyer has argued that none of us who live in
One of the readers of this Blog has submitted the following comment, which I publish as a guest editorial.
Guest Editorial: The Coming Exile.
The British government’s lawyer has argued in the Court of Appeal that with the flourish of a ministerial pen, the busybodies in
This goes a step further than taking my house, with appropriate compensation, because it's in the way of the airport runway expansion. Teacher George and Hubert have been going on about this for years, about how the British want to drive us back into slavery, take our lands and houses and force us to become homeless beggers in
I believe various human rights conventions, perhaps starting with that signed in 1945 in connection with the founding of the United Nations, prohibits people from being exiled from their own country.
But what do I know, a simple islander?
What do you, the readers, think? Does the British government in this day and age have the right to rely on ancient common law precepts more consonant with the concept of the divine right of kings to rule? Or, do you think, as I do, that the court will put the government sharply into its place?
I can tell you that, if the court does not do it, one of the first Constitutional amendments that we must insist on is a provision that has the Queen acknowledging in our Constitution that she claims no right in future to evict the people from this island. The courts have ruled since the Statute of Westminster that once such a concession is made, neither the British government nor Parliament can go back and take it away.